China and United States clash over Taiwan directive to airlines

GETTYAirlines for America confirmed they received the demand

As of Saturday, the website of American Airlines listed Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as entities separate from China.

In January, China demanded an apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website.

China's initial request asked worldwide airlines to remove references on their websites, or in other material, that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are in any way independent from China.

China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday discussed bilateral ties by phone, with Yang saying relations were at "an important stage", according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, and Macau, a Portuguese colony until 1999, are now "special administrative regions" of China.

China's response on Sunday was to essentially say that foreign companies who want to operate within its borders need to play by its rules.

However, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀) said that while it might appear that US President Donald Trump is defending the sovereignty of the Republic of China, anything Trump does has the US' interests as his priority.

President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

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The White House on Saturday condemned China's efforts to control how USA airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, saying the push to make them comply with Chinese standards is "Orwellian nonsense".

The harshly worded statement comes as a high-level trade delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from negotiations in China.

Amid an escalating fight over China's trade surplus with the United States, the White House said China's Civil Aviation Administration sent a letter to 36 foreign air carriers, including a number of USA carriers, demanding changes.

Australian carrier Qantas is among the airlines told to change how they refer to Taiwan, prompting comments from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that any such pressure is inappropriate.

At the same time, 64.4 percent of the respondents say that China's efforts to squeeze Taiwan in the global community will only push Taiwan further away from it.

Qantas believes its material complies with Australia's One China policy.

The White House's use of George Orwell, who wrote Animal Farm and 1984 in the 1940s, to attack China reflects the view of some in the United States who stubbornly equate China to the centralised regime of the Soviet Union, Chinese tabloid Global Times commented, adding that they have ignored the fact China has always been a much more diverse nation with a socialist market economy system. Most of these companies have said that it is a matter to be resolved by governments and that they should not be dragged into the controversy.

In a further move, the ministry spokesman Geng indicated Monday that Beijing is blocking Taiwan's observer status at the United Nations' World Health Assembly for a second straight year because of Tsai's refusal to endorse the "one China principle" acknowledging Taiwan as part of China.

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